LAREDO, Texas — U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers seized approximately $2.7 million in methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin during three recent busts at the Laredo port of entry.
On February 1, 2020, CBP officers working the Juarez-Lincoln International Bridge in Laredo, Texas, discovered 129 pounds of methamphetamine and 8.42 pounds of heroine concealed in a 2019 Peugeot Partner Teepee minivan. The 25-year-old driver, a Mexican citizen from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, was arrested.
Two seizures occurred on January 31, 2020, at the nearby Gateway to the Americas Bridge.
CBP officers referred a 2008 Volkswagen Toureg for secondary inspection by a canine and non-intrusive imaging — revealing 46 pounds of methamphetamine in 46 packages concealed within the vehicle. The 31-year-old female driver, a Mexican citizen from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, was arrested.
27.6 pounds of cocaine and 2.5 grams of methamphetamine was found hidden in a 2006 Lexus IS250. The 32-year-old Houston resident, a United States citizen, was arrested.
The seized narcotics have a combined estimated street value of $2,730,461, according to CBP.
In each case, CBP seized the narcotics and vehicles and turned the arrested individuals over to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigaions (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation.
“Our frontline officers continued their strict vigilance this weekend and their determination and commitment to the border security mission resulted in three significant hard narcotics seizures totaling over $2.7 million,” stated Port Director Albert Flores, Laredo Port of Entry.